Authorities in Myanmar’s second largest city Mandalay have arrested more than 360 people following several days of inter-communal violence that erupted between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims on 2 July. Two people, one a Buddhist man, the other a Muslim, were killed and nineteen injured in the unrest. The initial cause of the violence was a claim posted online alleging that a Muslim teashop owner had raped a Buddhist girl.
Of those arrested for violating curfew orders since the rioting in Mandalay, more than 100 have already been released with police still seeking those responsible for the killings. Hard-line Buddhists later promised to kill Muslims in Mandalay and gangs roamed the streets of the city until 6 July.